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Apple has issued a bizarre patent for its mysterious autonomous car that could give passengers VR headsets

APPLE has received a new patent for VR headsets for driving, hinting at the tech giant’s plans for a future autonomous car.

And bizarrely, the virtual reality headset lets passengers pretend they’re fighting zombies from their Apple Car on the way to work.

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Apple’s patent, granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office last week, is for a headset that will help alleviate motion sickness in self-driving car users.

Motion sickness could be a problem in fully autonomous cars because passengers wouldn’t have to look at the road or even ahead while driving.

The patent states, “The VR system can provide virtual views that match visual cues with the physical movements experienced by a passenger.”

But the optics could be anything but ordinary.

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The patent continues, “Passengers can opt for relaxing virtual experiences while riding in a vehicle, such as floating down a river or soaring over the landscape in a hang-glider, or exhilarating virtual experiences such as a car chase or ride through a post-apocalyptic one.” Time wasteland with attacking zombies or anything in between.

“Passengers can choose to have the virtual experience of driving through a different real-world location, such as B. the streets of London, or through fictional cities or landscapes.”

And the journey could be built into a gaming experience.

The patent says, “The virtual experiences can be interactive in other ways, such as allowing a passenger to overtake other vehicles during a street race or run over zombies in a post-apocalyptic landscape.”

“If the vehicle stops at a red light or is otherwise fleeing zombies in a post-apocalyptic landscape, the virtual experience may cause the vehicle to appear to stall and the car may not restart until the light turns green, to build tension.”

Other options in Apple’s virtual reality mode could allow passengers to join virtual meeting rooms with avatars or have a combined virtual experience with other passengers.

As the car drives, the virtual reality technology makes changes on the fly to recreate any sensation of movement the passenger might experience.

And the interactive element doesn’t stop there.

The patent says the car’s systems could be used to enhance the experience, such as wind or heat through the HVAC system, or surround sound and sound effects through the audio system.

apples The virtual reality technology would use data from the autonomous vehicle’s sensors and navigation to compose its digital passenger perspective to alleviate motion sickness.

Passengers can suffer from motion sickness in autonomous vehicles because they may not be facing the road, meaning the brain has trouble understanding the sensation of movement.

Some autonomous vehicles have two rows of seats facing each other like a restaurant booth.

The patent notes that virtual reality technology could come in the form of a head-worn device that encourages immersive all-round views.

Apple has been trying to expand into the automotive industry for years as part of its secretive “Project Titan.”

Rumors of an Apple-built car first surfaced in 2014, but the company has never officially announced what it is planning or given a possible release date.

But the company has hired employees from Tesla and Ford to help advance its plans, and according to BGR, tech experts had suggested an announcement for 2024.

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But it appears the timeline has now been pushed back amid restructuring within the team

But the car could be ready as early as 2025, Bloomberg reports.

Apple is advancing the development of autonomous driving with virtual reality technology that reduces the chances of a passenger suffering from motion sickness

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Apple is advancing the development of autonomous driving with virtual reality technology that reduces the chances of a passenger suffering from motion sicknessPhoto credit: Getty

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